Portugal - Lithuania 46-44 Portugal secured a ticket for the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 46-44 thriller win against Lithuania for 3-1 record in Group E. It will most likely be enough for the second place in this pool. At the other side, Lithuania dropped to 2-2 and they have good chance to reach the next stage. Everything will be clear today. Simone Costa (176-G-96) paced Portugal to victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) had 10 points and 13 rebs, while Ana Moniz (170-SG-96) added 6 pts and 6 boards. In Lithuania, Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) collected 22 pts and 10 boards, while Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) netted 9 pts. It was 45-44 for Portugal with 10 seconds to go, when Juskaite missed a jump shot for Lithuania. Bernardeco made one free throw at the other side to seal the victory for Portugal. In the last day of the Qualifying Round, Portugal will play against Denmark. Lithuania will meet top ranked Finland.
Denmark - Ukraine 53-70 Ukraine celebrated 70-53 win against Denmark for 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B. Ukraine now has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. They will need to beat Israel today. At the other side, Denmark dropped to 0-4 in this pool with no chance to advance. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) led the winners with 25 points. Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) helped with 14 pts. In defeat, Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) shined with double-double of 22 points and 17 rebs. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) followed her with 21 pts and 13 rebs. Ukraine was 9 points up at the halftime and extended its lead even more during the last ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 16-19, 14-20, 10-10, 13-21. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn.
Finland - Israel 85-39 Finland jumped to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Finland already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and they will also be the winners of this group. Israel dropped to 1-3, but they still hope to reach the next stage. Israel will have to beat Ukraine today. Finland took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-4, 24-10, 16-14, 22-11. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) shined for Finland with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Emilia Helle (169-PG-96) and Lotta Erakangas (183-F-97) netted 12 points each. In defeat, Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was better than the others with 15 points. Their second scorer was Eden Porat (176-F-96) with 10. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Teams will take a rest on Thursday before the Quarterfinals/Classification Round.
Bulgaria - Slovenia 56-52 Bulgaria did a great job against Slovenia on Tuesday celebrating 56-52 victory. Now Bulgarians have 2-2 record in Qualifying Group F in Tallinn and have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. They will have to beat last ranked Belarus today. Slovenia already advanced to the next stage, despite this loss. They have 3-1 record now and will meet Poland today in the battle for the first place in this pool. Bulgaria was up 50-35 after 30 minutes of play and Slovenia shined in the finish coming to minus 3, but it was all from them in this meeting. Quarters: 14-17, 15-8, 21-10, 6-17. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) paced the winning squad with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) scored 14 points and Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) added 8 points, plus 13 rebs. Slovenia got 13 pts and 9 rebs from Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96). Zala Lesek (187-F-97) (10 rebs) and Marusa Senicar (181-SF-97) (8 rebs) netted 7 points each.
Poland - Latvia 64-60 Poland celebrated 64-60 win against Latvia in the second game of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Thanks to this win Poland jumped to 4-0 record in Group F and already secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Today, Poland will meet Slovenia in a game for first place in this pool. Latvia slipped to 2-2 after this loss, but still has a good chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Luxembourg today. Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) was a key player in Poland with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) scored 11 points and Jowita Ossowska (180-F/C-96) added 8. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) answered with 22 points and 8 boards in defeat. Marta Bergmane (178-PG-96) scored 13 and Paula Luke (185-C-96) had 8 pts, plus 5 rebs. Poland was up by 12 during the last period, but Latvia came to minus 3 in the finish and missed twice from behind the arc after that. Klatt was sent to the line with 3 seconds remaining and he made the second attempt for the final score 64-60. Quarters: 18-21, 16-9, 18-9, 12-21. Today is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn.
Belarus - Luxembourg 69-85 Luxembourg celebrated first win in the Qualifying Group F of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Luxembourg improved to 1-3 in this pool and now has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. In order to do it, they will have to beat Latvia. Belarus dropped to 0-4 in this pool with no chance to advance. Luxembourg won every single quarter of this game and was constantly in charge (18-22, 15-18, 11-19, 25-26). Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) stepped up for the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. She reached valuation 29 and was the MVP of this meeting. Mia Pauly (176-F-96) had 12 points and 7 rebs, while Anouk Frieden (165-PG-96) netted 9 pts. In Belarus, Dziyana Sizonava (175-SF-96) scored 18 points and Hanna Brych (183-C-97) had 14 pts, plus 7 rebs. Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97) delivered 12 points in this loss. Qualifying Round will end today.
Romania - Norway 85-33 Romania celebrated its first win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket Division B. Teams in this group fight for 13th place in Tallinn. Romania has 1-1 record now, while Norway failed in its first appearance and has 0-1. Romania stopped its rival to just 5 points for the entire first quarter, while they drained 30 at the other side. At the halftime Romania was already 37 points up. All after that was just the formality. Quarters: 30-5, 19-7, 16-13, 20-8. Birgitte Steiner (177-SF-96) came up with 22 points for the winners and Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) had 14 points, plus 7 rebounds. Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) collected 10 points and 12 boards. In Norway, Kristin Hannestad (176-SF-97) was the only one with double-digits in scoring - 10 pts. Rosanna Elahi (172-G-95) stopped to 5 points and 6 rebs. Norway will meet Estonia today. Romania will have a day off.
FINAL Spain - Germany 64-48 Spain conquered the title in Udine. They rallied past Germany in the championship game tonight. The victory marked the sixth title for the Spanish youngsters in the last ten editions of the tournament. Ainhoa Lacorzana (179-G/F-00) and Maria Pendande (188-C-00) produced 11 points each for the winners. Spain established a 32:27 halftime lead. They followed with a 20:10 run in the third term to open a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Spain limited their... [read more]
Spain - Germany 64-48 Spain conquered the title in Udine. They rallied past Germany in the championship game tonight. The victory marked the sixth title for the Spanish youngsters in the last ten editions of the tournament. Ainhoa Lacorzana (179-G/F-00) and Maria Pendande (188-C-00) produced 11 points each for the winners. Spain established a 32:27 halftime lead. They followed with a 20:10 run in the third term to open a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Spain limited their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth term and rallied to the triumph. Maria Torreblanca (177-F-00) had 10 points for the champions. Luisa Geiselsoeder (189-C-00) responded with 17 points for Germany.
Italy - France 50-68 France stepped onto the pedestal in Udine. They rallied past hosting Italy in the consolation final tonight. Kenza Salgues (174-G-00) scored 16 points to lead les Bleues. France established a 40:19 halftime lead. Italy narrowed the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. France held Italy to just 13 points in the fourth term and sealed a comfortable victory. Iliana Rupert (193-C-1) had 13 points for the winning side. Sara Madera (186-F/C-00) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Italy.
Lithuania - Croatia 51-54 Croatia secured the fifth-place finish in Udine. They beat Lithuania behind 16 points from Mihaela Lazic (168-G-00). Croatia dominated in the first half. They established a 36:23 halftime lead. Lithuania went on a determined comeback run in the second half but came up short of win at the end. Lorena Mihic (182-PF-00) had 15 points for the winners. Dalia Donskichyte (168-SG-00) responded with 23 points for Lithuania.
Belarus - Czech Republic 58-84 Czech Republic knocked down Belarus to victoriously finish their campaign at the championship. Katerina Galickova (178-F-00) provided 14 points in the win. Czech Republic unloaded 35 points in the first period to take a 22-point lead. Czech Republic protected the lead well throughout the reminder of the contest and marched to the win. Anezka Kopecka (181-PF-00) had 11 points in the victory. Ulyana Skiba (167-PG-00) and Yana Haliakova (184-F-1) responded with 11 points each for Belarus.
Latvia - Turkey 56-60 Turkey earned the ninth place at the championship. They beat Latvia in the classification clash. Goksen Fitik (170-SG-1) posted 12 points to lead the winners. Turkey piled up a 35:29 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Latvia pulled closer in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Fatmanur Karakas (168-SG-1) had 10 points in the victory. Aleksa Gulbe (184-F/C-00) responded with 14 points for Latvia.
Russia - Hungary 63-56 Russia beat Hungary to clinch the 11th position in Udine. Daria Repnikova (180-SG-00) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Hungary grabbed a 12:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But Russia bounced back in the next periods. They posted a 42:37 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Russia sank 21 points in the fourth term to seal the win. Mariia Antoshina (173-PG-00) had 13 points for the winners. Barbara Angyal (173-PG-1) responded with 18 points for Hungary.
Serbia - Portugal 77-74 Serbia eked out a narrow win over Portugal and remained in Division A for the next season. Portugal ensured a 31:25 halftime lead. Serbia however picked up the tempo after the big break. They unloaded 30 points to secure a 9-point lead heading into the fourth term. Portugal unloaded 28 points but could not avoid relegation. Jelena Mitrovic (204-C-1) tallied 23 points and 23 rebounds for Serbia. Nadezda Nedeljkov (171-SG-1) added 17 points for the winners. Raquel Laneiro (165-G-00) responded with 14 points for Portugal.
Sweden - Slovakia 73-49 Sweden wrapped up their campaign in Udine with victory. They cruised past Slovakia to clinch the 15th place. Precious Johnson (189-C-00) nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Slovakia grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Sweden limited their opponents to just 27 points in the next three quarters to march to the victory. Patricia Elias (161-PG-00) chipped in 15 points for the wining side. Natalia Senova (172-PG-00) replied with 12 points for Slovakia.
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